Fernando Alonso insists that a fourth straight podium in Singapore is his aim this weekend with the Spaniard insisting it would be 'very hard' to win under lights for the third time.
Alonso won the inaugural Singapore race for Renault, albeit under controversial circumstances after Nelson Piquet's accident, and then took victory again last year for Ferrari.
In between, Alonso finished third in 2009 behind Lewis Hamilton and Timo Glock, and the double champion said he was hoping to maintain his 100 per cent podium record this weekend and that his performance on the streets of Monaco earlier in the year had given him reason to be optimistic.
“Singapore is a special event for me,” he said. “It's one of the races that I like the most for the lively atmosphere and for the characteristics of the circuit. I have always managed to make the podium in the three previous editions and my objective is to make it four out of four. A third victory to go with those of 2008 and last year would clearly be fantastic but I know that it will be very hard.
“At Monaco we certainly came very close to victory – without the final red flag I think I would have had an excellent chance to overtake Sebastian – but it's also true that you can't always guarantee that things go the same way. What is certain is that we will give everything: I think we have the chance to do well as long as we get the best out of every aspect: tyres, set-up, engine, teamwork, everything has to be at 100 per cent.”
Despite insisting it would be hard to win the race, Alonso added that he would be pushing hard to try and secure a second victory of the year having previously said that victories are now his target for the remainder of 2011 with his title hopes all but over.
“From Friday we begin on the track,” he said. “We hope to repeat the weekend of 2010 and thus to present another victory to the Prancing Horse and to all our fans. That is our target, one that will remain for all the coming races.”